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How To Make Jamaican Escovitch Fish

    Escovitch Fish is a popular Jamaican dish known for its flavorful fried fish topped with a spicy and tangy pickled vegetable sauce. Here’s a simple recipe for making Escovitch Fish:


    For the Fried Fish:

    • 2 lbs whole fish (snapper or parrotfish are commonly used)
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
    • Vegetable oil for frying

    For the Escovitch Sauce:

    • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
    • 1 cup thinly sliced onions
    • 1 cup thinly sliced bell peppers (use a mix of colors for visual appeal)
    • 2 Scotch bonnet peppers, thinly sliced (adjust according to your spice preference)
    • 1 cup vinegar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon whole pimento seeds (allspice)
    • 4 sprigs thyme
    • 4 pimento berries (optional)
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced


    Fried Fish:

    1. Clean and scale the fish, if necessary. Make shallow cuts on both sides of the fish to help it cook evenly.
    2. In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, and black pepper.
    3. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan or deep fryer over medium-high heat.
    4. Dredge each fish in the flour mixture, ensuring it’s well-coated.
    5. Fry the fish until golden brown on both sides. This should take about 5-7 minutes per side, depending on the size of the fish.
    6. Once cooked, place the fried fish on paper towels to drain excess oil.

    Escovitch Sauce:

    1. In a separate saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, thyme, pimento seeds, and minced garlic. Bring the mixture to a boil.
    2. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
    3. In a skillet, heat a little oil over medium heat. Add the sliced carrots, onions, bell peppers, and Scotch bonnet peppers. Sauté for a few minutes until the vegetables are slightly softened but still crisp.
    4. Pour the vinegar mixture over the sautéed vegetables and stir well. Let it simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes.
    5. Pour the hot escovitch sauce over the fried fish, ensuring the vegetables are evenly distributed.
    6. Allow the dish to marinate for a few minutes before serving.

    Serve your Escovitch Fish with traditional Jamaican sides like bammy, festival, or rice and peas. Enjoy your flavorful and spicy Jamaican seafood dish!


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